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Keith David was born Keith David Williams in New York City's Harlem district, and was raised in East Elmhurst, in the Queens section of the city. He is the son of Dolores (Dickenson), a New York Telephone manager, and Lester Williams, a payroll operations director. As a child, he realized he wanted to act after playing the cowardly lion in his ... See full bio »

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Won 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Platoon King
Crash Lt. Dixon
Mr. & Mrs. Smith
The Thing
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 2017 Hustlin Backwardz (pre-production)
Jake Walters (rumored)
 2017 Love Struck (pre-production)
Joe Perkins (rumored)
 2017 Savage Dog (post-production)
  Where Are the Cocoa Puffs? (announced)
Dr. MacIntyre (rumored)
 2016 Service to Man
Dean Holmes
 2016 Dirty Lies
 2016 The Nice Guys
Older Guy
 2016 Nina
Clifton's Father
 2016 American Dresser
 2016 Blue: The American Dream
Terry Venable
 2015 Burn Off
President of the United Nations General Assembly
 2015 Kids vs Monsters
 2015 H4
 2015 If I Tell You I Have to Kill You
Detective Harris
 2015 Boiling Pot
Agent Long
 2015 Huevos: Little Rooster's Egg-cellent Adventure
Don Alfonso (English version, voice)
 2015 Union Furnace
Pin Stripe
 2015 Dutch Book
Joe Johnson
 2014 Secrets of the Magic City
Mr. Daniels
 2014 Field of Lost Shoes
Old Judge
 2013 Frog Kingdom
Frog King (voice)
 2013 Free Birds
Chief Broadbeak (voice)
 2013 Assault on Wall Street
 2013 Sons of Liberty
Nathan Reynolds
 2013 Samuel Bleak
Ned Coffman
 2013 Don't Pass Me By
David Knox
 2012 Highway
 2012 Christmas in Compton
Big Earl
 2012 Smiley
 2012 Cloud Atlas
Kupaka / Joe Napier / An-kor Apis / ...
 2012 The Last Fall
Sydney Bishop
 2012 Animen: The Galactic Battle
Sergeant Brass (voice)
 2012 The Undershepherd
Brother Wilks
 2011 Snowflake, the White Gorilla
Anvil (voice)
 2011 Hopelessly in June
Dalbert Myers
 2011/I The Inheritance
Uncle Melvin
 2011 No Saints for Sinners
 2010/I Now Here
Detective Brinkman
 2010 Chasing 3000
Officer L.
 2010 Stomp the Yard 2: Homecoming
Terry Harris
 2010 Spork
Coach Jenkins
 2010 Meet Monica Velour
 2010 Something Like a Business
 2009 Chain Letter
Detective Jim Crenshaw
 2009 The Butcher
Larry Cobb
 2009 Pastor Brown
Pastor Brown
 2009 Don McKay
Otis Kent
 2009/II Blue
Terry Venable
 2009 Coraline
The Cat (voice)
 2008 The Fifth Commandment
Max 'Coolbreeze' Templeton
 2008 No Bad Days
 2008 The Sensei
The Minister
 2008 My Mom's New Boyfriend
FBI Chief Conrad
 2008 Superhero Movie
The Chief of Police
 2008 Beautiful Loser
Morgan - Adult
 2008 The Candlelight Murders
Pastor Bob
 2007 The Last Sentinel
Col. Norton / Gun Voice 2
 2006 The Oh in Ohio
Coach Popovitch
 2006 ATL
John Garnett
 2005 Transporter 2
 2005 Mr. & Mrs. Smith
 2004/I Crash
Lt. Dixon
 2003 Kaena: The Prophecy
Voxem (English version, voice)
 2003 Head of State
Bernard Cooper
 2002 29 Palms
The Sheriff
 2001 Pretty When You Cry
Detective Charles Desett
 2001 Novocaine
Detective Lunt
 2001 Home Invaders
 2001 Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within
Council Member #1 (voice)
 2000 The Replacements
 2000 Innocents
Detective Davis
 1997 Loose Women
Stylist #1
 1997 Princess Mononoke
Okkoto / Narrator (English version, voice)
 1997 Executive Target
 1997 Hercules
Apollo the Sun God (voice)
 1997 Volcano
Police Lieutenant Ed Fox
 1997 Flipping
Leo Richards, Gang Leader
 1996 Never Met Picasso
 1996 Johns
Homeless John
 1996 Larger Than Life
 1996 Eye for an Eye
 1996 The Grave
The Priest
 1994 The Puppet Masters
Alex Holland
 1994 Reality Bites
 1992 Article 99
Luther Jermoe
 1992 Final Analysis
Detective Huggins
 1989 Always
 1989 Road House
Ernie Bass
 1988 They Live
 1988 Bird
Buster Franklin
 1988 Stars and Bars
Eugene Teagarden
 1988 Off Limits
 1988 Braddock: Missing in Action III
Embassy Gate Captain
 1987 Hot Pursuit
 1986 Platoon
 1986 The Whoopee Boys
Washington Square Peddler
 1982 The Thing
 1979 Disco Godfather
Club Patron (uncredited)
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Other Works:

TV commercial (voiceover): AT&T See more »

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Personal Quote:

It can't hurt, publicity is publicity, controversy and all that, it's all good. See more »


Not to be confused with fellow actor David Keith. See more »


Often plays hot-tempered, irritable characters See more »

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